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Fabien Goulay, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Goulay Group Website


Dr. Goulay received his PhD from the University of Rennes (France) under the direction of Dr Bertrand Rowe and continued as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Stephen Leone at UC Berkeley and with Dr Hope A. Michelsen at Sandia National Laboratories. His research at WVU focuses on the understanding of combustion radical processes in the gas phase and at the surface of nanoparticles.

The 3 major trusts areas are (i) formation and reaction of large hydrocarbon radicals, (ii) heterogeneous processes during the thermal conversion of biomass materials to usable biofuels, and (iii) radical chemistry under high-energy conditions found in plasma assisted environments. This is achieved through a combination of advanced laser- and synchrotron-based spectroscopic techniques coupled to gas flow reactors. The experimental outcomes are used to propose elementary free radical chemical mechanisms toward developing predictive combustion models.

Research Interests

Chemical dynamics; energy science; heterogeneous chemistry; nanoparticles; lasers applied to chemistry; mass spectrometry; synchrotron photoionization. 

Teaching Fields

Physical Chemistry

Courses Offered

  • CHEM 747 (Molecular Spectroscopy)
  • CHEM 348 (Physical Chemistry) 


Product Detection of the CH Radical Reactions With Ammonia and Methyl-Substituted Amines, Bourgalais, J., Caster, K. L., Durif, O., Osborn, D. L., Le Picard, S. R., and Goulay, F. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 123, 2178-2193 (2019). 

Effect of surface-bulk partitioning on the heterogeneous oxidation of aqueous saccharide aerosols, Fan, H, Masaya T.W., and Goulay F.  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics21, 2992-3001 (2019)

Insights into gas-phase reaction mechanisms of small carbon radicals using isomer-resolved product detection (Perspective), A. J. Trevitt and F. Goulay, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, 5867-5882 (2016).

Kinetics of the OH Radical Reaction with Fulvenallene from 298 K to 450 K, J. Thapa, M. Spencer, N. G. Akhmedov, and F. Goulay, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 6, 4997-5001 (2015).

Effect of relative humidity on the OH-initiated heterogeneous oxidation of monosaccharide nanoparticles, H. Fan, M. R. Tinsley, and F. Goulay, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 119, 11182-11190 (2015).

Flow tube studies of the C(3P) reactions with ethylene and propylene, M. Capron, J. Bourgalais, R. K. Abhinavam Kailasanathan, D. L. Osborn, S. D. Le Picard, and F. Goulay, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17, 23833-23846 (2015).

The C(3P) + NH3 reaction in interstellar chemistry. I. Investigation of the product formation channels, J. Bourgalais, M. Capron, R. K. Abhinavam Kailasanathan, D. L. Osborn, K. M. Hickson, J-C. Loison, V. Wakelam, F. Goulay, and S. D. Le Picard, The Astrophysical Journal, 812, 106-118 (2015).

The C(3P) + NH3 reaction in interstellar chemistry. II. Low temperature rate constants and modeling of the NH, NH2, and NH3 abundances in dense interstellar clouds, K. M. Hickson, J-C. Loison, J. Bourgalais, M. Capron, S. D. Le Picard, F. Goulay, and V. Wakelam, The Astrophysical Journal, 812, 106-118 (2015).

Kinetic study of the OH radical reaction with phenylacetylene, R. K. Abhinavam Kailasanathan, J. Thappa, and F. Goulay, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 118, 7732-7741 (2014).

Hydrothermal Treatment of microcrystalline cellulose under mild conditions: characterization of solid and liquid-phase products, M.S. Seehra, B.V. Popp, F. Goulay, S. K. Pyapalli, T. Gullion, and J. Poston, Cellulose, 21, 4483-4495 (2014).

Goulay, F.; Derakhshan, A.; Maher, E.; Trevitt, A. J.; Savee, J. D.; Scheer, A. M.; Osborn, D. L. and Taatjes, C. A. “Formation of dimethylketene and methacrolein by reaction of the CH radical with acetone” Physical chemistry chemical physics 2013, 15, 4049-4058 (2013)